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Battle of the Attoyac between Garrison, No. 3 Timpson takes center stage as Week 7 Red Zone Game of the Week

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 11:53 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 10:07 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The 67th meeting between Garrison and Timpson will be featured as the Week 7 Red Zone Game of the Week.

This edition of the Battle of the Attoyac, named for the river that sits near the middle of the nine-mile stretch between the two schools, will also be the first 10-2A DI district contest of the season for the two rivals.

Garrison will enter the contest 2-2 on the year. The Bulldogs had a rough start to the year. Injuries and COVID were tough to overcome, and the team went 0-2 to start the year and lost a game on the schedule and practice time due to a COVID shutdown. The past two games have gone better with the Bulldogs beating Crockett 33-24 and shutting out Groveton 48-0.

“We worked the last two weekends and the previous week on this,” Garrison head coach Brandon Alvarez said. “We are going to be as prepared as we have ever been for a game. They cannot let the game get too big. I told the kids we are going to play for what’s available. Hey, a district championship is on the line. The kids got to be excited about that.”

Timpson will enter the game as the No. 3 team in the state and a record of 4-0. It has been rough for the Bears with the team having three of their five non-district games canceled. 3A powerhouse Waskom stepped up and played the Bears after Alto canceled due to COVID. Timpson won 49-28 on a few days notice. Last week, Timpson set up a game with Booneville High school, ranked No.1 in 3A in Arkansas, and won 57-40.

“We needed that game,” Timpson head coach Kerry Therwanger said. “There is only so much we can do at practice. You cannot be 1-0 [in district] without this one. We want to get started off on the right foot. We have a lot of momentum going into it and we want to try to keep that going.”

When it comes down to this rivalry, the game dates back to 1933. Garrison leads the overall series 43-23. Timpson has dominated the past few years, winning their 2019 contest as well as their 2020 regular-season game and the 2A DI Region III Championship later in the season.

Kickoff in Timpson Friday night is set for 7:30 p.m.

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